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National Champs

National Champs

Samantha/David (ITDS) won MS Nationals

Debate Online!

Debate Online!

Join us for Summer Camp in July

Achieve

Achieve

WUDL Student Named National Urban Debater of the Year!

Reach Goals

Reach Goals

2019 Ornstein Outstanding Debater Munyang Tengen

Travel

Travel

WUDL Travel Team competes across the country

Advocate

Advocate

Paris and Paola debate before 200 policy makers

Lifelong Skills

Lifelong Skills

Mak debated financial literacy and won a scholarship

Prepare

Prepare

Walter and Jason prepare their evidence for a debate

Team Spirit

Team Spirit

Be part of a team and find "your people"

Work Hard

Work Hard

Keoni earned $80,000 in scholarship offers

Make Friends

Make Friends

Meet smart, engaged students from across the area

Be Passionate

Be Passionate

Express yourself and let your voice be heard

Succeed

Succeed

Build self confidence and feel accomplished

Dream Big

Dream Big

Kevin speaks at Nationals at Georgetown University

Our Story

     In 2014, a group of former debaters surveyed the educational landscape in D.C. and lamented the lack of high-quality debate programs available for public school students. Debate is a transformative educational experience, but it was only available to students at elite private institutions.  They decided to do something about it and founded the Washington Urban Debate League, a non-profit dedicated to improving student outcomes through participation in competitive policy debate.

     Since then, the WUDL has rapidly grown, serving thousands of students from public schools across D.C. and the surrounding areas along the way.  We've taken students across the country to regional tournaments, worked with D.C. Public Schools to integrate debate instruction intro the curriculum, and won regional and national awards.

 We've collected a few accolades over the last 5 years: 

--Outstanding Urban Debate League (2017-2018) by the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL).

--"One Of The Best" local non-profits by the Greater Washington Catalog of Philanthropy (2018).

--Urban Debate Middle School National Champions (2018)

--Urban Debater of the Year (2019), and finalists (2016, 2019), by the NAUDL 

Washington Urban Debate League, PO Box 6319, Washington, DC 20016        202-770-7887         David.Trigaux@urbandebate.org

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